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2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Marco Perego Saldana’s Keyhole Garden

2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Marco Perego Saldana’s Keyhole Garden

If we had to look at all the line-ups of the fest for the past two decades we’d find at least one “border” drama per edition. Perhaps this item fits that bill. Partners in love become creative partners in life in Marco Perego Saldana‘s directorial debut, Keyhole Garden. Production took place in New Mexico back in August of 2019 with Zoe Saldana toplining and being supported by Garrett Hedlund and Tom Waits.

Gist: Written by Perego-Saldana and Rick Rapoza, this traces the sprawling romance of a man and woman whose love for each other struggles to overcome the divisiveness of life on America’s southern border. The film is a timely exploration of the humanity of immigration and the fragility of life through three interwoven narratives: a young boy trying to save his undocumented friend from deportation; an immigration agent unknowingly dooming a former lover; and a cartel trafficker carrying out his last mission.

Production Co./Producers: Julie Yorn, Rick Yorn, Alexandra Milchan, Marco Perego Saldana, Pioneer Pictures’ Robert Kravis, Karl Herrmann.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland


U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. CAA (domestic), The Exchange (international).

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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